PEARL (People’s Empowerment for Accessing Rights to Livelihood)
The PEARL program addresses the issue of Livelihood through the component of Right to Food, Right to Work, Right to Credit and Right to Natural Resource Management. The fundamental aspect of the program is to set up democratic, dynamic and functional community based organizations for livelihood enhancement of the disadvantaged communities. PEARL sensitizes and makes the community aware about accessing the government sponsored welfare schemes. It also promotes forums, advocates and extensively lobby on the issues of sustainable livelihood opportunities for socially excluded groups. The PEARL program is supported by MISEREOR.
No. of beneficiaries:
• 100,000 socially and economically marginalized families
• 10,000 youth
Types of Beneficiaries:
Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Caste (OBC), Small and marginal Farmers, Landless and Unorganized Laborers, Migrants and Displaced, Youth with no or minimal livelihood option
15 States 50 Districts 977 Villages
Key Intervention Areas:
The Livelihood program takes Rights Based Approach for addressing the crucial issues related to livelihood program, such as; food security, sustainable livelihood, economic development, access to credits and better management and access to natural resources. The actualization of the rights of the people related to these issues has been the backbone of the Livelihood Program Intervention Strategy.
The Livelihood Program opts the under mentioned key strategies:
• Collectivization and mobilization of local community to access the rights and entitlements.
• Promoting inclusion through the creation of large village based institution and special program for increasing the employability of youth and urban poor.
• Cluster based approach for more focused and concentrated effort.
• Capacity building of community on various rights and entitlements.
• Advocacy and networking on the issues of livelihood.
The Strategic Intervention domains under the Sustainable Livelihood issues are:
Right to Food: The program aims at improving the food security situation, facilitation and strengthening of the community institutions to avail the entitlements and services and enabling them towards effective participation in local governance. It aims at strengthening PDS & AAY, strengthening ICDS, Mid-day Meal, introducing Kitchen Garden, improving Agriculture through introduction of highbred variety seeds, diversification of agriculture and organic farming.
Right to Work: Accessing MGNREGA through Community mobilization (including women) to demand access to work for the poor rural population, Self Employment for Youths, SGSY, and Skill promotion in undertaking business activities.
Right to Natural Resource Management: Securing government land for agriculture; Right to Forest Land (based on Forest Right Act); Promotion of organic farming; Seed Banks; Farmers Club.
Right to Credit: Formation of SHGs and farmers club to access the credit. It also focuses on advocacy and linkage building with banks and financial institutions for increased flow of credit to the SHGs.
Training & Capacity Building: Structured and phase wise trainings, meetings and workshops, exposure visits, micro plan development, village resource mapping, etc. for input delivery for enabling community to access entitlements and schemes.